The Colorado Rockies got behind early on some shaky defense but came-on strong in the 4th and 5th innings to defeat the Chicago Cubs 10-5 in a rain-shortened game that was called in the middle of the 7th Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver. DJ LeMahieu and Chris Nelson had 3 hits each, and Matt McBride drilled a 3-run homer in a soggy affair that featured a light but steady rain throughout.
Jorge De La Rosa got the start for Colorado, and after aiming a 4th-straight 92 mph 4-seam fastball directly at the sweet spot of Cubs lead-off hitter Dave Sappelt’s bat— Sappelt hit it about 3/4 of the way up the left-field pavilion— he was let down by his defense for two unearned 1st inning runs. After De La Rosa retired Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo, he walked Alfonso Soriano, then Josh Rutledge threw Starlin Castro’s ground ball into the second-row behind 1st-base, allowing Soriano to score and leaving Castro at 2nd. Castro came home on a double by Welington Castillo.
Colorado got one back in the second on Wilin Rosario’s 27th 2012 home-run, but Castro answered for Chicago in the top of the 3rd with a blast of his own. The Rockies responded with 2 in the bottom of the 3rd when LeMahieu tripled leading-off, Rutledge walked with one out, and Tyler Colvin plated the two with another triple.
The Cubs put their 5th run up in the top of the 4th, but Colorado took the lead with 3 in their half. Nelson and Andrew Brown opened the inning with back-to-back singles, then after McBride flew-out, LeMahieu doubled-in Nelson, Brown to 3rd. Carlos Torres, in for De La Rosa, grounded weakly to short, but Rutledge picked-up the runners with a 2-out ground-double down the 3rd-base line to put the Rockies up 6-5.
In the 5th Rosario and Nelson singled with one out, and after Brown struck-out, McBride drove reliever Rafael Dolis’ second pitch to him way up into the left-center pavilion, and the rout was on. The Rockies would pick-up the 10th run in the 6th, but the rain intensified with Chicago batting in the 7th. After a 48 minute delay the umps sent everyone home.
Torres got the win, going 2 complete in relief of De La Rosa, who allowed 2 earned-runs in his 3-inning, 67 pitch (45 strike) appearance. Edgmer Escalona held the Cubs scoreless in the 6th and 7th.
The middle game of the 3-game series is Wednesday evening. The Cubs will pitch journeyman Jason Berken, a right-hander, against Colorado lefty Drew Pomeranz. Game-time is 6:40 MDT at Coors.